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New games, new consoles, new opportunities for growth: there’s a lot going on in the e-gaming market right now. Recently, for instance, there was a very special surprise at the “Electronic Entertainment Expo” in Los Angeles: after a decades-long absence, the voice of industry pioneer Atari was heard again. Thirty-three years after its last games box, the company unveiled a new console at the world’s biggest trade fair for video games and entertainment electronics. Fans don’t have much longer to wait, as the launch was announced for spring 2018. It marks the start of the next hot phase in the gaming world. The heavyweights Nintendo and Microsoft have already brought out new devices in 2017, while the third of the big hitters, Sony, whose workshops produce the world’s best-selling console in the PlayStation, is a match for the competition with its recent finely honed “4 Pro” model.

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Bitcoin: the rapid rise of a cryptocurrency

Right in the middle of the greatest crisis of confidence in the financial markets in recent decades, a revolutionary technological system was born: bitcoin. The digital currency presented – once again – the question as to which was more trustworthy – humans or mathematics? In bitcoin, its anonymous developers have created a possible alternative to conventional currency systems, which are susceptible to crises and inflation. Admittedly, bitcoin is not the only cryptocurrency: the number of these digital currencies is currently mushrooming.

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Leonteq AG (SIX: LEON), the independent technology and service provider for investment solutions, today announced a return to profitability in the first half of 2017. Financial performance was characterized by strong growth in fee income following the resolution of important operational issues with key platform partners, coupled with the rigorous execution of the announced cost reduction program and negative hedging synergies due to historically low volatility levels.

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